Acetaminophen Intravenous

Name: Acetaminophen Intravenous

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Ofirmev

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Analgesic

Uses For acetaminophen

Acetaminophen injection is used together with other medicines (eg, narcotic pain relievers) to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Acetaminophen is used to relieve mild to moderate pain and reduce fever in patients. It does not become habit-forming when taken for a long time. Acetaminophen may cause unwanted effects when taken in large doses, including liver damage.

acetaminophen is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Uses

This drug is used to treat mild to moderate pain and to reduce fever. It is also used in combination with narcotic pain medications to help relieve moderate to severe pain.

How to use Acetaminophen Solution

See also Warning section.

This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain relief or to reduce fever. Each dose is usually infused over 15 minutes.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, weight, and response to treatment. For children 12 years of age and younger, and for adults and teenagers weighing less than 110 pounds (50 kilograms), the dosage is based on weight and the maximum daily dosage is less than 4000 milligrams of acetaminophen. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional for this drug and for the infusion pump. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.

Pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the symptoms have worsened, the medication may not work as well.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects

See also Warning section.

Pain at the injection site may occur. Other side effects are uncommon. If you have any unusual side effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

List Acetaminophen Solution side effects by likelihood and severity.

Interactions

See also Warning section.

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Products that may interact with this drug include: ketoconazole.

This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.

Notes

Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed Dose

Not applicable.

Storage

If you are using this medication at home, consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised July 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.

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